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October 11, 2010

Microsoft and partners unveil Windows Phone 7 handsets

Shipping begins in holiday 2010

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft and partners have unveiled nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season from mobile operators in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

All Windows Phone 7 phones include the Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm and have integrated experiences built from Microsoft’s portfolio such as Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune, Windows Live, Bing and more.

The company claimed that Windows Phone 7 is the first phone to put the power of Xbox LIVE into the palm of people’s hands with a lineup of game titles from publishers.

Windows Phone 7 also offers the Zune music experience on a phone: People can play their music collection, synced wirelessly from their PC, or stream or download new tunes from Windows Marketplace.

In addition, the handsets feature dedicated ‘Search’ button that helps people find what they need, whether in contacts, in Marketplace, in e-mail or on the Web.

The incorporated Windows Live solution helps people manage pictures, Windows Live calendar, Office OneNote Mobile and more.

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The free Find My Phone service new on Windows Live can remotely ring, lock, erase and show the location of user’s phone on a map.

Microsoft said that Windows Phone 7 will be available in a variety of form factors from device-makers such as Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung, and from mobile operators including América Móvil, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Movistar, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, Telstra, TELUS, T-Mobile USA and Vodafone.

A broad selection of phones will begin shipping in holiday 2010 with more arriving in 2011, including phones from Sprint and Verizon Wireless.

Select models will be available at Microsoft Store locations and from Amazon.

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